Nan Yi

Nan Yi began working at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2015 and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His teaching and research practices at UNH reflect an interest in catalysis science and a passion for STEM outreach, including both core chemical engineering courses and elective courses that address our energy choices and implications for the environment. Dr. Yi and Samuel identified a project to complete through the Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) and began lab trainings in February 2020. Although the COVID-19 pandemic brought work in the lab to an end, Dr. Yi continued work with Samuel and his other mentees through their “virtual laboratory” during the summer of 2020. Since 2015, Dr. Yi has worked with thirty undergraduate researchers, including awardees of grants through the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at UNH, and those who received external fellowships and scholarships, including DOE-SULI fellowships and a Goldwater fellowship. Samuel is the first Inquiry author Dr. Yi has worked with. Of the value of writing for Inquiry, Dr. Yi says, “Science does not live in a vacuum. It is important to communicate science information with the public in a way that is relatable and digestible…increased public awareness facilitates support for new technologies and further research.”